THE PRETTIEST DOLL IN THE WORLD

I once had a sweet little doll, dears,

The prettiest doll in the world;

Her cheeks were so red and so white; dears,

And her hair was so charmingly curled.

But I lost my poor little doll dears,

As I played in the heath one day:

And I cried for her more than a week, dears;

But I never could find where she lay.

I found my poor little doll, dears,

As I played in the heath one day:

Folks say she is terrible changed, dears,

For her paint is all washed away.

And her arm trodden off by the cows, dear,

And her hair not the least bit curled:

Yet for old sakes’ sake she is still, dears,

The prettiest doll in the world.

(All these pretty dolls from my childhood, courtesy younger Sister Heather.  We did so love our dolls.   A picture post for January 8th, 2011)

Poem from required reading, grades 3 and 4.  l920  author Charles Kingsly

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